Brad Messer Commentary
Monday, September 15, 2003

6,000+ US Casualties?

Are American casualties really low in Iraq? Would you consider more than 6-thousand casualties to be low?

The London Guardian-Observer reports "more than 6,000 American servicemen have been evacuated for medical reasons since the beginning of the war."

That includes 1,178 wounded in combat, many seriously. Even that may be cooking the books some. According to the Observer, "It is military policy to announce that a soldier has been wounded only if [he was] involved in an incident that involved a death."

Another paragraph from the London newspaper reports, "The wounded return to the USA with little publicity. Giant C-17 transport jets on medical evacuation missions land at Andrews Air Force Base, near Washington, every night."

I did not know we had medevac'd more than 6,000 hurt Americans from Iraq. The figures you and I hear are along the lines of one or two or three GIs being killed per week, and that is promoted as a very low death rate.

It is much more treacherous in Iraq than we'd think— from what we are being spoon-fed.

Brad Messer commentary, KTSA.

London Guardian-Observer 9/14/2003
America's hidden battlefield toll

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